We're all familiar with the classic case of Jack the Ripper, the serial killer who stalked the streets of Victorian-era London and made life unsafe for members of the world’s oldest profession. Now UK-based indie developer Alex Francois (a.k.a. Brainchild Studios) is throwing his hat into the ring of point-and-click adventure games inspired by this gruesome mystery in The Slaughter, currently seeking funding through Kickstarter.
The Slaughter tells the story of private investigator Sydney Emerson, who, amidst a professional slump, is drawn into an investigation to find The Ripper. The search for clues will take Sydney through London’s back alleys and into some of its seediest slums and opium dens. To prevail, he’ll also have to look to his dreams and hallucinations for leads, adding a surreal element to the already nightmarish setting.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. Professing a love for comedy, Francois promises plenty of comic relief woven into the tapestry of The Slaughter, with original music drawing inspiration from the likes of Trent Reznor and Radiohead, Pink Floyd and Nobuo Uematsu.
Bridging the gap between laughter and slaughter is an art style reminiscent of the early VGA days of 2D point-and-click adventures; Francois specifically compares the game’s style to the likes of LucasArts and Revolution classics. Designed using the Construct 2 engine, The Slaughter will be available for PC, Mac, and Linux, and is expected to ship in July 2014 if the game is able to raise £8,000 through Kickstarter by December 13. A digital copy of the game is available starting at the £8 contributor tier.
To learn more about The Slaughter and support the project yourself, visit the game’s Kickstarter page.